This Meme is a picture of an asian male with a somewhat contorted facial expression which seems to be expressing a very intense emotion. I chose this particular meme for the assignment because I thought it was funny at first and couldn’t really put a finger on it why the exact reason was. The more that I thought about the picture the more that I realized the picture was slightly racist. This is mainly due to the caption underneath the picture which reads, “Impossibru!” instead of “impossible” which is clearly the message the maker of the meme was trying to get across. It is a very “off-color” or politically incorrect representation of the asian culture. I for one am not an asian man and I am slightly offended for the asian male population because I have become aware of certain stereotypes that pertain to asians, that many comedians and adult humor television shows poke fun at (South Park). This particular meme definitely pokes fun at the fact that asian males with a heavy asian accent have trouble pronouncing the letter “L” in their speech. I looked further into the “impossibru” memes, I found that many other memes were found when searching even the word “impossible” on google. Just as the first meme featured an asian male with an extreme/dramatic expression and the caption “impossibru”, so did the other meme’s, accept some were more ridiculous than others.
With that being said, it is safe to assume that the original maker of this meme found a photo of an asian man that struck him as funny and decided to make fun of the way that some asian men struggle to pronounce the english letter “L”. Perhaps the reason for poking fun such as this is to merely gain attention or create something of value that people can laugh at if they find it amusing so one could have a momentary sense of popularity/fame. I believe that there are racist implications in many of these memes because it makes fun of the way that a particular member of a race cannot fit into a specific culture (english). I for one would be offended at these memes yet I can’t help but wonder if any asian themselves would find this offensive or not.